The bare necessities of grocery shopping have taken on a mouthful of ideology with every bite, as the bare minimum staples now feature an unwelcome aftertaste of controversy and divisiveness. thanks to Seattle activists inciting the entire food pyramid through a blowtorch of dissent. While the use of a cattle prod or a military grade taser may be more apt metaphors for weapons of blatant coercion in attempting to forcefully catalyze an agenda, the silent majority dawdles with mouths agape, like the pithy performance art gallery of mimes recreating the tyrants of history through nuance and snarky gestures not conforming to the social framework of polite society.
The Seattle Times reports that a posse of grocery store workers at the regional chain of QFC supermarkets, have demanded that Black Lives Matter buttons be allowed as part of the uniform, a revolution that was initially sparked by dissidents at a Capitol Hill location within stumbling distance from the ill-famed CHAZ and CHOP treasonous zones of kumbaya street fair violence and redundant passive aggressive anarchy. Within the confines of a quantum singularity formidably treacherous enough to imprison light for eternity, and where reason dissipates ceases to exist while being savagely sauteed into quark-sized nanoparticles, the developing story has attained the critical mass of a controversy vile enough to disgust even the most unflappable laidback individuals.
Striving to maintain suitable business practices and elementary levels of professionalism, the parent company of QFC, Kroger, responded by upholding corporate policy of absolutely zero tolerance for personalized viewpoints or endorsements of political doctrine to be worn or displayed by employees, a stance that sparked a fierce backlash from local workers, a mentality perpetuated by the omnipresent radical extremism. Apparently, laws, traditions, or simple economic dogma do not apply to the visceral hurricane of a social justice movement, as productive and time-tested norms are being assaulted and the burden of time and energy weighing down the shoulders of the average tax payer as a result.
The swift and incorrigible retort by baggers and checkers at the Seattle locations being subject to company rules, led to official complaints being filed through a national trade union, and the subsequent support of suburban middle aged elitists encouraging virtue signaling at all costs. The phrase, “You are what you eat.”, has taken on a new connotation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, an irony that is not lost on the decision by a nearby ice cream shop to post anti-police banners on the storefront and bringing the sour taste of implacable blind hate to a classic dessert medium that once upon a time provided an innocent experience of fun and fulfillment on any lousy day, rain or shine.
In the day and age of compromise, Kroger offered employees the alternative of donning wristbands branded with the statement “Standing Together” instead of BLM buttons, a gesture that was met with disdain, and insufferable angst shared in front of a smartphone audience. The corporate leadership and legal council understand that societal community standards dictate the right thing to do in addressing self-expression, a universal understanding that was shared in the shock and despair of the 9/11 attacks, where workers in all industries donned ribbons. However, different times and circumstances equate to varying outcomes.
Allegedly, the local union steward warped the argument on worker rights to a level that transcends even the Constitution, in brazenly insinuating that businesses are not permitted to adopt a suitable dress code or demand accountability from staff. In progressive lexicon of the “Ingsoc” instigator speak, “noform” implies that a part-time hourly grunt has the latitude to act or say according to personal preferences, and the whole of a company is beneath the actions of an individual in a dream world nightmarish reality of hierarchical platitudes. Conforming to rules and regulations, and the fulfilling the expectations of management in the private sector is quickly reaching the borders of the endangered thanks to ingrained entitlement. The age of instant gratification has reached the level of the surreal, as self-serving bureaucratic hive minds infiltrating trade unions have long surpassed the shelf life of TV dinners perpetually frozen within the Cold War bunkers built upon incredulous hysteria, tainted diplomacy, and meticulous exploitation.
Grocery stores are now part of a growing list of protest zones, as the obliviousness to customer service and free market principles cancels out the retail environment. Shopping for meat, produce, and eggs rivals touring the impassioned rigors of the indoctrinating academic field, forcefully changing minds and eliminating hope. With the integration and implementation of automated systems and self-checkout options, the workforce required to operate a storefront is becoming less contingent on human intervention, especially if employees choose to practice personal politics on company time.
As for the sanctimonious inclinations of the service workforce, the far left, union goons and societal engineering powerbrokers now threaten the future of the business climate through the shear use of unethical tactics to instill the spirit of activism just a few feet away from the bustling checkout lines of shoppers concerned with what’s for dinner, and not by the ridiculous demands of special interest groups offering a destructive ulterior motive at twice the cost.
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